Lessons Learned From the Rittenhouse Case

Lessons Learned From the Rittenhouse Case

 

I think the biggest takeaway from this case other than being prepared for the legal fallout of a self-defense case in the 21st century America can be summed up with two points.

  • AVOIDANCE

Avoid DANGEROUS Situations and STUPID People, and yes, this mean RIOTS.

Yes, I agree with the author that a 17-year old kid with an AR-15 does not need to be in the middle of a full blown riot, but in all fairness, does an ADULT ARMED CITIZEN need to be there either?

I mean unless it’s a situation where they are TRAPPED inside their vehicle or business and are in FEAR for their lives, but the fact of the matter is the law is not going to smile upon you grabbing up your rifle and going to defend your town from the lefty marxist/anarchist assholes trying to burn it down. I would agree it’s the noble and decent thing to do, and we all may find ourselves doing it pretty soon when the hammer eventually drops and the rule of law shits the bed, but right now in the present situation, legally it’s just not SMART!

  • DE-ESCALATION

I think anybody would agree that Rittenhouse tried several times to De-Escalate the situation, both VERBALLY and by RETREATING. From a legal standpoint this helped Kyle’s case IMMENSELY because it showed he was not the PRIMARY aggressor. Now I am not saying you should always by default seek to retreat from a situation before using FORCE or DEADLY FORCE to defend yourself, circumstances will dictate that, but in most cases including the often forgotten case of Jake Gardner, De-Escalation is the PRIMARY reason WHY DEADLY FORCE was JUSTIFIED. As with Rittenhouse, the aggressor was intent in their mission to harm Gardner, thus, he had no choice but to shoot him. The only difference was Gardner shot a black thug instead of three white ones like Rittenhouse and we all know what that means in Woke FUSA.

Train Often and Realistically, it’s the only way to stay Prepared!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

It Pay’s to Be Armed

Another crazy video from Brazil, where two black thugs decided to rob a Dental Clinic.

Except these morons picked a dental clinic where one of the patients was ARMED.

While getting a routine cleaning, An armed Military Police Officer took quick, decisive action and subdued both knife wielding assilants, shooting one of them in the arm.

It Pays to be Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Random Musings for the Armed Citizen

 

With “Permitless” Carry taking effect in my home state of Texas September 1st  I had some thoughts:

One of the things I learned very early on when I started carrying a gun for self-defense was that I needed to adpot a mentality of Avoidance, Deterrence and De-Escalation if I wanted to stay vertical and out of prison.

  • Avoid Dangerous places and Stupid People

  • Deter Criminal Behavior with Acute and Constant Situational Awareness

  • De-Escalate heated situations with an apology and submissive behavior (Tuck your Ego and Temper In. Be the bigger man and Squash a Verbal altercations with an apology and move on.)

 

Most all of you know I am NOT a fan of Open Carry.

If you are going to carry a gun for self-defense, go concealed or don’t go at all.

The reasoning is simple: SURPRISE is one of the biggest advanatges the armed citizen has against a criminal, especially now in Texas when the odds are very high that every person that a criminal comes into contact with MAY BE armed!

Once the criminal knows a gun is involved it changes things dramatically.

It can work FOR the armed citizen (the deterrence factor) or it can work AGAINST them.

Just remember: EVERY altercation you are going to be involved in there will be a GUN present, YOURS!

For this reason I am a Firm believer in the armed citizen getting solid Weapon Retention Training.

Going along with the Concealment MO, you might re-consider your blade carry as well.

A pocket Clip folder is handy but it is also noticeable.

Instead, go for a horizontal fixed blade belt carry.

Lot of great options out there like the Cinch Pick.

Something to chew on.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous.

The Five Worst Guns for Self-Defense

The Five Worst Guns for Self-Defense

Some practical common sense advice.

If you are going to carry a gun to protect your life and the life of your loved one’s, don’t be a cheap idiot: spend the money for a quality firearm and some quality training!

 

Breaking Contact (Part I)

Good Stuff.
Prepare Now or Pay the Undertaker Later.

tacticalprofessor

CCW Safe is doing a series about our ultimate goal in Personal Protection. I am happy that I have been able to make a contribution to the literature of our Art.

Our goal in personal protection is to force a break in contact [with a criminal attacker]. We want them to go away, or we want to go away. One or the other.

https://ccwsafe.com/blog/breaking-contact-pt-1

This philosophical fundamental is the true meaning of “Get off the X” for the Private Citizen. Sidestepping or whatever method is taught to get off the X isn’t the end or even the important part of the process. Forcing the attacker to withdraw or making our escape is the end objective.

It’s nothing new. Military units have probably been doing this since before the Roman Empire existed. It’s easily overlooked at the moment of an incident, though. For some folks, escaping is a natural response but…

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